Nurse researcher JoAnne Youngblut, RN, PhD, FAAN, an associate nursing professor at Florida International Universitys Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing and Health Sciences, was named 2013 Nurse of the Year in the Clinical & Academic Education category by the March of Dimes Miami chapter. Selected from a pool of more than 25 finalists in the category, Youngblut was recognized for her research findings in the area of child illness/death and the impact on the family dynamic, according to a news release.
A Fellow of the American Academy of Nurses, Youngblut is a nationally renowned nurse researcher who has spearheaded a growing body of work on how child trauma, dying and death physically and behaviorally affect families as individual members and as a unit. In the fall of 2013, her NIH-funded R01 research, Death in the PICU/NICU: Parent & Family Functioning, was published in the American Academy of Pediatrics journal, Pediatrics. Applications of her research continue to be critical in helping parents, families and healthcare providers understand the potential impact on parents health and well-being after the loss of an infant or child.
Youngblut is leading a study on childrens health and functioning after the death of a sibling in the PICU/NICU, and is conducting research on grandparent functioning following the death of a child age 6 years and younger. Her career and leadership in nursing spans nearly 40 years and she has numerous published articles.
The March of Dimes Nurse of the Year program celebrates the extraordinary contributions in patient care, compassion and service of nursing professionals, and how they play a critical role in advancing the mission of healthcare providers, educators, researchers, fundraisers, volunteers and advisers.